Ruth E. Tilley, 79 of Staunton, passed away unexpectedly January 25, 2006 in the emergency room at St. Vincent Clay Hospital.
She was born November 11, 1926, in southern Vigo County. She graduated from Pimento High School. September 12, 1947, she married Bill E. Tilley. She enjoyed her years raising a family and was the proud mother of three. She was a Girl Scout Leader and for a time was the Day Camp Director for Girl Scouts. After her youngest child was in school she began cooking at the Brazilian Lanes. She also was a cook at Adami's and later at Bohannon's Restaurant on South 7th in Terre Haute. She retired from there after over 20 years of service.
Ruth was very patriotic and was a member of the American Legion Post 2 Auxiliary. She was also a member of her "Red Hat Society," She enjoyed feeding the birds especially hummingbirds and working in her flowers and yard. She was known as "Grammer" to all her friends and family and will be sorely missed.
Survivors include her children, Nancy Brush of Knightsville, Dee Tilley of Staunton, and Tim Tilley of Brazil; four grandchildren, Ryan Brush, Jamie Tilley, T.J. Tilley, and Tori Tilley; 5 great-granddaughters; one brother Gerald Beauchamp of Terre Haute, and one sister Betty Gurchiek of Terre Haute; several nieces, nephews and a large extended family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, John "Jack" Curtis; her husband Bill Tilley in 1981 and her grandson, Randy Brush, July 22, 2003.
Services will be held Saturday at 4 p.m. at French Funeral Home with Joe Gregory, Bert Borden and Tom Montgomery officiating. At her request, cremation will follow with burial of the ashes at a later date. Visitation will be Saturday from 1-4 p.m.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be directed to The Walter Reed Society/Operation Iraqi Freedom Family Support Fund, envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Light a candle in her memory at www.frenchfuneralhome.com.